Pepsi IPl 2013 Match 53: MI vs KKR Live Scorecard
Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders in a crucial match for both sides at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday (May 7) evening.
Victory by a big margin could push Mumbai past Rajasthan Royals to the No. 2 spot. Rajasthan reached 16 points after a nine-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils earlier on Tuesday, but Mumbai Indians, currently on 14 points, can join Rajasthan on points, after which the Net Run Rate – Mumbai are on +0.403 to Rajasthan’s +0.441 – will determine their positions.
Kolkata, meanwhile, are still in with a mathematical chance of making the playoffs, but have little room for error after managing a poor eight points from their 11 outings so far.
In their quest for a win at a venue where Mumbai have won each of their five games so far, Kolkata made two changes to their playing XI. Ryan McLaren and L Balaji were drafted in, while Sachithra Senanayeke and Sumit Narwal were left out.
“We’ve chased well so far and hopefully we will chase well today,” said Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata captain, confirming that he would have preferred fielding first anyway. “We haven’t been consistent. We’ve got to play well as a unit, the batsmen and the bowlers, and that’s where we’ve lacked a little.”
Mumbai also made one change, a forced one, after Pawan Suyal suffered an injury. Abu Nechim Ahmed was drafted in making it a like-for-like replacement, a medium pacer for a medium pacer. “We’ll play as we’ve been playing, put some runs on the board and get a win hopefully,” said Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain.
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Abu Nechim Ahmed.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Ryan McLaren, Iqbal Abdulla, Sunil Narine, L Balaji.
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